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Paddling Plea. A personal point of view.


I was impressed by the respect the tow-in community showed the paddlers at Peahi during the big swell Wednesday January 4th. On Oahu that kind of respect is non-existent. A significant number of tow-in folks show the paddlers no respect at all. The ONLY surf spot on Oahu where tow-in surfing is prohibited AT ALL TIMES is Hammerheads. On Tuesday January 3rd while surfing there, on two separate occasions a tow team faded me while I was taking off. The first time I was so shocked I tried to pull back and of course, it was too late, and I ended up going over the falls. My first thought seeing this guy whipping in at me from the channel was not to drop in because I didn’t want to get hurt or hurt somebody else.

 

   

Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich Wins Second Individual ISA Gold Medal


Surf News, 10 January, 2012 : - - Hainan Island, China - With 15 minutes to go in the final of the Open Men, Heath Joske was sitting in fourth without a single substantial score. In a matter of minutes, the ocean began sending waves his way and by the final horn he had the rest of the field needing a combination of scores to catch him.

Afterward, he didn’t credit his surfing or heat strategy, his explanation was a bit more lighthearted. “I guess the ocean must have been paying me back,” said Joske, minutes after he was carried from the ocean’s edge upon the shoulders of his Australian teammates. “I picked up a bit of rubbish off the beach the other day, so maybe China’s giving me a bit of respect and payback, thanks Hainan, xie-xie China.”

   

Ezekial Lau & Briana Cope win the North Shore Surfshop Pro Junior Saturday in solid 6' NW

Complete Results coming for The Finals: Saturday 1/21/12...surf was rippable with lite trades winds and 3-5+' NW swell!  The North Shore Surf Shop Pro Junior  at Sunset Beach. Presented and supported by 596-surf, dahui,surfboardline.com,northshore tacos,jerrys pizza,and steves chillers, SNN (and many others).
This is the biggest junior event ever on the north shore with 90 men and 24 women; its an ASP rated mens and womens 4star,with over 35k in cash and prizes!
The event is for surfers under 21.Top junior surfers from hi,usa,jpn,zaf,aust,brz.

   

Madness Matters for Mathews

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Born to Maroubra stock, raised in the shadow of the Bra Boys, led over the ledge by the infamous Abberton brothers, Mark Mathews is a relatively quiet, unassuming character considering. For as long as people have been negotiating the stair steps at places like Shipsterns Bluff, Ours, Cyclopes and the like, Mathews has been right in the mix, usually supported by longtime mate Richie "Vas" Vaculik. Together the pair star in the new documentary 'Fighting Fear,' Mathews as the kid saved by surfing, Vaculik as the street wise, hard scrabble MMA hopeful. The film premiered in Australia earlier this month, and ESPN Surfing recently caught up with Mathews to get his take on it all.

 

   

Pete Cabrinha opens art gallery in Paia

Pete Cabrinha has opened a new art gallery in Paia, Maui. The founder of Cabrinha Kites is an accomplished artist and gets inspiration from the ocean and from all the adventures he went through traveling the world.

 

   

Surfer revived after big Pipeline wipe-out


A surfer has been revived by the North Shore lifeguards after a big wipe-out in Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii. The Floridian surfer from Miami paddled out on a 7'6" Malibu, in challenging Pipeline conditions and didn't handle the power of the local surf break.

"The waves just pounded him," Kaleihao Crabbe told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. "He was blue and he wasn't breathing when they pulled him up on the beach. This type of stuff is completely preventable. Hawaii and its ocean is not a water park. It's a life or death situation out there."

The anonymous surfer was found underwater with the leash attached to his foot. He is recovering at the Queen's Medical Center and is reported to be in stable condition.

   

Surfing's new Aloha: The growing trend of giving back


Groundswell Society Conference Feb 10-11

'Surfing's New Aloha: The Growing Trend of Giving Back'

  8 January, 2012 : - - Recently surf companies and professional surfers have added a new dimension to the world of riding waves. The spirit of giving as embodied by Duke Kahanamoku is growing through corporate philanthropy. Growing numbers of professional surfers are making significant efforts to give back to the sport that has been so good to them and the communities that support them.

   

Harold Iggy R.I.P., one of the worlds most experienced and innovative surfboard shapers


Harold Iggy R.I.P., one of the worlds most experienced and innovative surfboard shapers

Harold Iggy R.I.P., died on  Big Wednesay, January 4th from an apparent heart attack.In the sixties,he was a team rider and shaper for Dewey Weber in which he shaped and designed the Weber Performer and around 1970 he designed and shaped the Weber "Pig",a board with an outline that would fit in perfect for today's surfing and could be the first no-nose "wide point way behind center"shortboard ever made.After shaping for various companies like Weber,Rich Parr and Mystic surfboards,He started his own in the early 70's in Pearl City called "The Surfboard Shaping Company".
   

Ground-breaking two-event China festival starts 2012


Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival

ISA China Cup
ASP Hainan Classic
Wanning, Hainan Island, China
7 - 14 January 2012

2012 Surfing Contest Calendar to Begin With 'Ground-Breaking' Two-Event Festival in China

  The sport of surfing will have an exciting beginning to the 2012 contest calendar, with the ISA China Cup and the Hainan Classic taking place at Hainan Island in China as part of the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver.

   

Jeff Rowley ‘paddles-in’ to 50-foot waves at Peahi “Jaws” becomeing first Australian.


Big wave surfer Jeff Rowley ‘paddles-in’ to historic 50-foot face waves at Peahi “Jaws” and becomes the first Australian to ride the waves without Jet Ski tow-in.All for the rush of surfing and a good cause.Rowley and his girlfriend/videographer Minnie Vuong, from Torquay Victoria, have based themselves in Hawaii for three months to catch and document the monster North Pacific winter storm surf.Rowley and Vuong flew from the island of Oahu to Maui Tuesday night, and arrived at the infamous Peahi ‘Jaws’ cliff top before sunrise to see the 50-60 foot waves (15-18m) for the first time.

   

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